By George Marrable
- England fell to defeat against Australia in the crucial first T20I
- Australia retain the Ashes with two T20I’s left in the series
- Beth Mooney led Australia with 86* after Danni Wyatt’s 50 in the first innings
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – A dominating performance from Beth Mooney led Australia to a victory in the first T20I against England, meaning they retained the Women’s Ashes with two games to go.
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Tammy Beaumont – 2/10 – A poor performance from all of England’s top order; Beaumont struggled to get going, making just 4 runs off 9 balls before falling to Ellyse Perry.
Heather Knight – 1/10 – Dismissed for a second ball duck as England struggled at the start, but did take a catch to dismiss Elyse Villani.
Sarah Taylor – 2/10 – Another one of the early wickets to fall as England limped to 16-4 inside 5 overs.
Natalie Sciver – 5/10 – Offered some resistance making 26 runs, but struggled to make an impact with the ball in her two over spell
Katherine Brunt – 4/10 – Brunt became Perry’s second wicket in two balls when batting. She took a wicket early with the ball, but was taken for 14 by Mooney.
Danni Wyatt – 7/10 – The one batsman to offer real resistance in England innings, Wyatt salvaged the innings with some beautiful strokes as she earned her maiden international half-century.
Fran Wilson – 5/10 – Despite being involved in the run out that saw Wyatt dismissed, Wilson pushed on to add some late runs in the innings with a quick 23* from 22 balls.
Jenny Gunn – 3/10 – Gunn offered very little as England’s tail faltered, and Australia took a liking to her bowling, going for 20 off just two overs.
Danielle Hazell– 6/10 – Hazel was England’s standout bowler as Australia romped to victory. She took 1-14 from three overs, bowling tightly to offer some fightback.
Sophie Ecclestone – 5/10 – Not the worst bowling performance from Ecclestone, taking 1-26 from 3.5 overs.
Alex Hartley – 2/10 – A performance to forget for Hartley as well as many in Sydney. She went for 2-20 after the Australian batsman took on the England bowlers.
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Alyssa Healy – 4/10 – Healy was one of the few batsman who didn’t get going in the Australian innings, making just 5. However, she was impressive behind the stumps, taking 3 catches and a stumping.
Beth Mooney – 9/10 – An absolutely mesmerizing performance from Mooney as she led Australia to victory. Her aggressive batting put Australia in the driving seat, and saw the job home with some brilliant shots throughout the innings.
Elyse Villani – 5/10 – Only needing to play a supporting role with Mooney, Villani made a quick-fire 17 from 10 balls to help secure the victory.
Ashleigh Gardner – 4/10 – Gardner continued the aggressive Australian batting when she came in, but only managed to last for seven balls.
Elysse Perry – 6/10 – Despite making just 1 run with the bat, Perry bowled very well when restricting England. She took 2-26 which left her on a hattrick after the wickets of Beaumont and Brunt.
Rachel Haynes – 7/10 – Captain Haynes led by example at the end of the innings as she and Mooney led Australia home, and she captained well throughout the game with her flexibility with batting and bowling orders.
Delissa Kimmince – 6/10 – One of the more expensive bowlers, Kimmince still bowled well, picking up the crucial wicket of Sciver.
Amanda-Jade Wellington – 5/10 – Like Kimmince, Wellington was one of the more expensive bowlers, but failed to pick up a wicket. Despite being a little expensive, wellington still bowled well to help Australia restrict England.
Jess Jonassen – 8/10 – An excellent bowling performance from Jonassen at the start of the innings as she dismissed Knight for a second ball duck. She kept it tight to their top order batsman and was key in reducing England to 16-4.
Sarah Aley – 4/10 – Aley was the least effective of the Australian bowlers, coming away with figures of 0-18 from two overs.
Megan Schutt – 9/10 – Once again, Schutt continued her fantastic form in this Ashes series. She took 4-22, taking the key wicket of Sarah Taylor and ripping through England’s lower order.
Despite the result being decided, there is still two games to play in the series, with the second T20I of the Ashes taking place Sunday 19th November in Canberra.
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